Total Ascent: 3,684m
The urge to get another peak under my belt, and do some new route finding was getting stronger. I'd not bagged a peak since the Angliru and was aware that summer was drawing to a close, and the days getting shorter.
I think I’ve found the perfect cycling route and I’m reluctant to tell anyone; I want to keep it mine...
The back roads from Baena to Cazorla...peace and tranquility
The Pico de Veleta sits at the very western tip of the Sierra Nevada, looming over the citadel of Granada. The Veleta rarely gets any credit, its the "Camilla" of mountain climbs.
It's bit tattered and curled at the edges, gets moved from one gentleman's reading room to another, and is well thumbed on certain pages. No, its not a treasured bongo mag, it's the ProCycling Magazine's "50 Greatest Climbs" edition of January 2007, and it has a lot to answer for.
"Daz" and "Bren" fancied a few days away from the rain and sleet of gloomy England
The "shits of death"... Not a very auspicious name to start such a great climb, but a decent enough warning of whats ahead in any event.
A wide open "alpine" climb with panoramic views its entire length, if you can take your eyes off your front wheel long enough...
Despernar: "to cut or wound ones legs". Not entirely sure my translation is sound, but its close enough! I love the colloquialisms given to local features and trails. This climb Despiernas Caballos - lame horses" is another colourful title to a beautiful and serene climb.
The highest road accessible peak in the park, El Yelmo stands tall with its official summit at 1,809 m. Its final kilometres affording magnificent views across a vast swath of southern Spain.
A pleasant and picturesque little climb that seems to be mostly ignored by any form of traffic.